Faking Powerful Body Language Reduces Stress and Makes You More Confident?

Faking powerful body language reduces stress and makes you more confident. “Some people may take issue with the idea of “fake it ‘til you make it” because they don’t want to always feel like a fraud, but in this article, Cuddy explains that it’s more of a process of faking it until you become it. Feeling powerful and confident is a process and something you can learn. It starts with small changes in your body language—something everyone can do.” Follow this link to read more.


Club Officers

President: Michelle Sweetser

VP of Education:

VP of Membership:

VP of PR:


Sergeant at Arms: Mary Parlow

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Club Meeting Schedule & How to Contact Us


Most meetings are held in Marquette’s Alumni Memorial Union (AMU). The AMU is located at the corner of 16th and Wisconsin Avenue (the building entry is recessed just east of this intersection). See Map: http://www.marquette.edu/campus-map/marquette-map.pdf

Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month

Beginning promptly at Noon, ending at 1pm - The front desk will direct you to the location- which sometimes changes - don’t hesitate to ask

Aug 13, 2014 Henke Lounge

Aug 27, 2014 Henke Lounge

Sep 10, 2014 Henke Lounge

Sep 24, 2014 Room 254

Oct 8, 2014 Henke Lounge

Oct 22, 2014 Room 254

For more information contact; marqourwords@gmail.com

New year, new you

Looking to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions? Here are a few to consider:

—Become a more polished, confident speaker

—Sharpen your leadership skills

—Meet some cool new people

Toastmasters can help you do all that and more. Joining Marq Our Words is a terrific, low-cost way to build your skill set — and to give back to others who could benefit from your feedback (we’re all there to help each other learn and grow). We hope you’ll check us out in the new year! 

PS- Wondering if you should even bother making new year’s resolutions? Check out this fascinating perspective by a Marquette psychology professor — it may prompt you to see goals in a new light.

I have to give Toastmasters a ton of credit for helping me. Last year at this time, if you had told me I’d be presenting to a group of 30 people I didn’t know, I would have been sick to my stomach for a week and unable to sleep. Now, though, I’m mildly nervous — but it’s more of a nervous energy that I’ll use to my advantage when speaking. Toastmasters gave me the forum to practice public speaking, which has been lifechanging.

Becky Dubin Jenkins, sergeant at arms for Marq Our Words, before competing in the Area Humorous Speech Competition

The dreaded pause

When we pause while speaking, many of us tend to fill the dead air with words like “ah” and “um.” Toastmasters helps you come across as a more polished, confident speaker by training you to recognize and eliminate your own verbal crutches. Every meeting even has an official “Ah counter” whose job it is to report our ahs, ums and grammatical mistakes. However, not everyone believes that ahs and ums should be banished. This recent article on Slate.com made the case for what it called “verbal stumbles.” (Accuracy note: Slate incorrectly reports in the first paragraph that Toastmasters clubs fine members for every “filled” pause — that’s not the case in our club!) On the other side, a recent article in PR Daily suggests an easy way to get yourself out of the ah-and-um habit — and it sounds a lot like the Table Topics exercise we do at every Toastmasters meeting.

Flickr photo by JobotDaRobot.

Toastmasters humor

You have to wonder how the good folks at The Onion know about the CC manual…

I love Toastmasters! It’s a great way to get more comfortable with speaking and participating in a low-pressure, friendly atmosphere. Honestly, my favorite thing about it is getting to meet and know more people around the university. Some speeches can have a personal element to it, so you really get to know people fast this way.

Tim Cigelske, communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is Toastmasters?

A. Toastmasters is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Many people join to conquer a fear of public speaking or simply keep their skills fresh. Toastmasters allows you to get plenty of practice through the Competent Communication manual, which includes 10 self-paced speech projects that target different aspects of speech-giving. When you complete your CC manual, you can move onto 15 advanced manuals focused on specialty areas, such as humorous or persuasive speaking. Every meeting also includes Table Topics, an impromptu speaking exercise that forces you to think on your feet. Written and oral evaluations from your peers help you improve with every meeting. The second Toastmasters track is the Competent Leadership manual, which you complete by filling roles at the meetings or helping with other club responsibilities. Learn more at the Toastmasters International website.

Q. What’s the time commitment?

A. It’s up to you. Our club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month over the lunch hour. We hope that people come as often as they can to support their fellow members as they give speeches, but we understand that sometimes you just can’t break away from the office. If you’ve committed to giving a speech or filling another role at the meeting (such as a speech evaluator), we especially hope you make it. But again, we know that things come up! We’re a very flexible group.

Q. Is the club open to students or people from outside of Marquette?

A. Our club launched in October 2010 as a club for Marquette employees, but members voted in September 2011 to open the group to others in the community. Everyone is welcome!

Q. How much does it cost?

A. It doesn’t cost anything to visit! If you decide you’d like to officially join the club, there is a $20 new member fee and then it’s $36 for dues every six months, or a pro-rated amount depending on when you join. All of the money goes straight to Toastmasters International to pay for our manuals and other materials, and many of our members have been able to expense their dues as part of their professional development plans. Toastmasters is an absolute bargain compared to some public speaking courses that can cost you around $2,000. 

Q. How can I get involved?

A. You’re welcome to visit us anytime! We meet at rotating locations throughout campus (most often in the AMU), so to get on our email list or learn more, contact VP of Membership via email at: marqourwords@gmail.com